How to Care for Pergo Flooring


Pergo is a laminate flooring manufactured by a Swedish company, Pergo Flooring AB. It is one of the first and perhaps the best known laminate flooring products. In the manufacturing process, several layers of material are laminated, using high heat and pressure. The composition of Pergo is important to its maintenance.

Avoid Excess Moisture

  • Pergo is composed of four layers: a durable wear layer, a layer of kraft paper imprinted with a design, medium-density fiberboard and a core backing material. Medium-density fiberboard cannot tolerate high levels of moisture. Therefore, all maintenance should be done with minimal water or other fluids.

Daily Maintenance

  • The manufacturer recommends quick sweeping or light vacuuming on a daily basis. It also recommends damp mopping occasionally.


  • Pergo AB does not recommend using soaps, detergents, or cleaners that contain wax.

Special Stains

  • Tar, nail polish, markers and minor cigarette burns can be removed with Pergo's special cleaner or a homemade formula. To make your own cleaner, combine 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup of ammonia.

Long-term Care

  • Pergo floors cannot be waxed, polished, sanded, or refinished. Pergo AB cautions against using jet mops on the flooring.

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